“Morrison said Thursday in a statement through his Dublin public relations firm that the report was ‘utterly without foundation’ and planted by an unknown hacker. Morrison said he remains ‘very happily married’ to former Miss Ireland Michelle Rocha, with whom he has two children, aged 3 and 2.

“An e-mail sent to the AP on Thursday by the office of Morrison’s Hollywood publicist, Phil Lobel, said the publicist’s Dec. 28 announcement of the birth was based on information from Morrison’s hacked Web site and that ‘all those with Van Morrison regret any confusion this may have caused.’

“Morrison’s statement, issued by the Dublin branch of the U.S.-based public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard Inc., said his Web site has been hacked at least twice in recent months. The statement was issued by John Saunders, senior partner of the firm in Europe, who confirmed to the AP the authenticity of Thursday’s statement.” – Associated Press

Craig Silverman is the editor of RegretTheError.com and the author of Regret The Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech. He is also the editorial director of OpenFile.ca and a columnist for the Toronto Star.